Apple Canada Video
"Plug-and-Play" Parallel Computing: |
Build Your Own Parallel Computing Cluster in Under an Hour
Dr. Dean E. Dauger
Dauger Research, Inc.
Dr. Viktor K. Decyk
UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy
featuring live-to-tape demonstrations of Pooch clustering technology
Introduction (1:05, 822 kB) - introduction of the presentation, the authors, and background of the work
Why Parallel? (1:43, 1.1 MB) - what was the motivation for parallel computing, MPI, and clusters
Why Macs? (3:20, 2.3 MB) - why we use Macintosh for clustering
The Mac Cluster Recipe (1:47, 1.4 MB) - the recipe for building your own easy-to-use, supercomputer-compatible Mac cluster
Demonstration: Part 1 (2:31, 1.8 MB) - beginning the live demonstration
Demonstration: Part 2 (3:44, 3.1 MB) - showing how to install and operate Pooch and the Mac cluster
Demonstration: Part 3 (1:54, 2.5 MB) - launching the parallel job on the Mac cluster
Demonstration: Part 4 (3:22, 3.5 MB) - extending the reach of the Mac cluster thousands of miles
Demonstration: Part 5 (1:10, 1.6 MB) - plasma physics simulation and visualization
Pooch's Four User Interfaces (3:22, 3.8 MB) - a demonstration of how Pooch supports four distinct user interfaces
Please note that the video is in QuickTime MPEG-4 format, so we
recommend that you have QuickTime 6 or later from Apple.
Background of the Presentation
Dr. Dauger was very proud to present at these
notable educational institutions.
Live demonstrations of parallel computing were made, including linking
machines in Canada with those back at UCLA, and every demonstration
was successful. (Even
the snow couldn't hold them back.)
Each presentation generated a great deal of discussion and
excitement about the present and future of the technology.
At Apple Canada's headquarters in Toronto, we also shot video of the presentations.
We were able to make excerpts of the presentation available from this page.
We also provide a
QuickTime movie of the slides for this presentation (10.6 MB) so
you may follow along with the video.
Note that the video above contains only a portion of what was presented. Much time
was spent discussing a variety of physics and other scientific calculations
we accomplished using Mac clusters.
Apple Canada arranged to shoot this video live (in one take!) on location in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on March 6, 2002,
furnished Dauger Research with the material with the intention of posting it here.
We thank Donna Church, Bruce Hough, Steve Hayman, Christianne Banfield, Pierre Moisan, and others of Apple Canada for their
generous cooperation and support.
Edited using iMovie.